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Yummy things inside

I spotted this in a second hand store recently:


Schlemmertopf! Apparently in German, it is slang for “yummy pot” or “yummy things inside”. This is the first one I’ve seen, and well I ended up buying it. I figure that I can give it a go as an experiment, and if I don’t like it, I can always re-donate it for someone else to discover. Before humans learned to work iron, we cooked in pots like this. I have never seen one of these before, in at least 10 years of op shopping. A friend and talesfromchiconia both claim that these pots were very popular in the 1970s.

First up, I “deep cleaned” it by boiling both the lid and the base for 30 minutes, according to the Römertopf USA distributor’s instructions.

Then I tried to slow cook a steak and vegies. 150 degrees for about 6 hours, lid soaked in water for 30 minutes before cooking.

(lid soaking in the background, as per instructions)

Steak and veg, schlemmertopf style

Steak and Veg - after schlemmertopf

Although it kind of smelled good while cooking, the meat turned an unappetizing shade of grey.

Next up on the menu is sourdough bread. I am not a confident baker. Usually I start the proving process, then get too busy and the dough becomes overproofed. I am also not confident in my kneading skills and the rigor required to ensure the gluten strands end up in one direction.

My recipe was inspired by the swirling spoon, but with timing instructions from Livestrong. Of course, not having fully read the instructions from the swirling spoon, I don’t realise that the recipe is for two loaves. So I have made ONE LOAF, but with double the amount of starter, and 150% of the flour required. I also have a pumpkin from last season that I had to break into, because the stem broke off and the vermin started to nibble it. The starter was a combo of a 100 year old starter, recently received via a crop swap; and another crop swap starter, about 1 year old. I told you I wasn’t very good at following instructions.

The pumpkin/onion/potato just after roasting:

Roasting Veg in the solidteknics lid

The dough, just after shaping:

Bread proving

Baked bread:
Pumpkin bread - ta da

I cooked this for 250 deg C with the lid on for 20 minutes; then 200 deg C with the lid on for 15 minutes. I then removed the lid and checked at 5 minute intervals until the skewer came out clean. 45 minutes total.

I let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Pumpkin bread - sliced

It smelled pretty tasty. With the onion though, not sure how well it will go with the morning’s peanut butter!!

So dear reader. What mysterious item of cookware have you recently rediscovered?

Buy Nothing New Month day thirty: all over barr the shouting

Thank goodness that’s over. It was pretty tiring remembering to do that every single day. And blogging everyday in amongst normal me-ness? Exhausting!

Normal transmission resumes next post.

Pink and green striped white shirt ‘tailor’ made in Thailand. I didn’t go all out seeking the best tailor because it would’ve been a pain to go back for fittings. I just used the one at the hotel we stayed at because it was convenient.

Black/green tulip-ish skirt from Lush. Refer day four.

Black granny ankle boots from Shappere. I told you that I love that store, didn’t I?

Brown bag from Vinnies.

Have a good holiday everyone, whether it is Christmas, Hannukah, Eid or quiet meditation.

Buy Nothing New Month day twenty nine: vale the jeans

Top: purple polo shirt with aqua green detail by Bonds.

Jeans: from grab. Shortly after this shot was taken, my old faithful jeans developed a rip near the back pocket. Vale my jeans I’ll miss you.

Orange thongs from Havianas.

Brown bag from Vinnies.

Green insulated thermal bag from California Innovations. I went hunting for a thermal bag and a bag of frozen peas one day when I had forgotten to bring my own. This cost $5 only! The equivalent ‘smash’ brand was $30.

Pink/purple ‘pashmina’ purchased from a market in Oslo after I visited Vigeland sculpture park nearby. It was 10 kroner, 100% viscose. Despite a small laundry incident in Croatia, where it dyed everything in the wash a permanent shade of pink, it has served me well.

Buy Nothing New Month: day twenty two

White zip front shirt from Cue. As you can tell, I haven’t put my laundry away, so I have worn only two shirts so far this month.

Asymmetrical Skirt from M-one-eleven. I think it is wool, certainly a very winter type of fabric. I got this at a giant factory sale in Melbourne.

Cowboy boots from Shappere.

Holey grey cardigan from Country Road. Bought to replace Mr Indestructible, but has been darned enough times that I have given up.

Buy Nothing New Month: day eighteen I can see a rainbow

Buy Nothing New Month: day nineteen

Peach coloured top from Slovenia.
I have a confession to make. I appropriated this top. We were in a backpackers hostel in Ljubljana, the dorm had emptied out with people moving on, as they do and this top got left behind under a bunk bed. I picked it up, liked it, and kept it. The tag says it is from Petit Bateau.

Jeans from Grab.

Fleece jacket from Mountain Designs.
The zip never worked properly in this one, and I got the tailor to replace it. Except he did a shoddy job, so there are threads hanging everywhere and a quarter of the zip is unattached.

Cowboy boots from Shappere.

Bright green Pashmina from Hangzhou China.
I got this from my mother in law. It sat in my cupboard for at least two years because I thought it was too bright and would clash with everything else I had. Now I find out that the trick is to wear it with other bright colours.

Red handbag from Vinnies.
I bought it because (a) it was red; (b) it was leather; (c) it was $2.50. Could you resist?

Tags: bnnm2011, buy nothing new month, identity, op-shop

Buy Nothing New Month: day seventeen clash of the titans

Buy nothing new month: day seventeen

Ow. My eyes. I think I clash.

White shirt from Esprit.

Skirt from Review.
I remember I got this as a second and on sale because the zip was broken and I knew that was fixable. But then the tailor did not want this job, because he charged me $25 to change the zip! A lot of the other seconds skirts were torn along the seam – the piping accent is attached with two separate fabric pieces, rather than one fabric piece folded up into a mountain and covered with piping. So I’m paranoid about ripping this one along the seam: I end up walking up stairs like a duck. It is very cute though.

Secondhand shoes fromday two.

Buy nothing new month: day thirteen moving right along

That is definitely not the same shirt.
Look, there is white piping on the sleeve so it is different.

T-shirt from a Uni revue, from those days of yore. Arrr.

Shorts purchased this
Month day two from cotton on. Bad sydfoodie, bad!

Kayak Shoesfrom wild country .

Lampshade hat from leather n things, a stall at the St. Kilda Sunday markets. They also do mail order if you like bits of one hat and elements of another. This can be a little fraught: I asked for a light green underneath the brim and got dark green plus black piping around the brim. Not quite my style.C’est la vie.